Meet The Organizers

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Alex Kent (President)

Originally from Brooklyn NY and New Jersey, Alex Kent has lived in downtown Amherst since 2001 and has never looked back. Amherst has been an excellent place to raise his three children (now 27, 20 and 20 {stepsisters}), and to develop connections with people in this liberal and intellectually vital community. As a self-employed Japanese-English translator, he spends much of his time either working at home, in the town’s coffee shops, or at local libraries. Helping to create a true community market fills him with excitement and hope.An amateur woodworker and avid cyclist, Alex enjoys the natural beauty surrounding Amherst. One of these days in the not-too-distant future, you’ll surely see him pedaling up to the Amherst Community Co-op to do his marketing and to meet friends and neighbors. He looks forward to seeing you there!

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Marcus Smith (Secretary)

My name is Marcus A Smith. I am a senior student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Stockbridge School of Agriculture studying sustainable food & farming and the cooperative enterprise graduating in December. I manage both the Amherst Winter Farmer's Market and the summer Amherst Farmer's Market as well as intern with the Neighboring Food Co-op Association. I research the synergies of food co-ops and farmer's markets as start-ups and established co-ops. My passions include regenerative agriculture and new sustainable alternative technologies. 

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Elliott Crowe (Treasurer)

Elliott Crowe moved to Amherst in September, 2011 from Burlington, Vermont. He has worked for Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools for the last three years, supporting students with autism during the school year. From the time he arrived, he was impressed with the level of community commitment to local agriculture in the Pioneer Valley.His biggest frustration at living in Amherst was that it did not have an excellent grocery store downtown. He missed shopping at his old co-op, City Market, in Burlington! One day in May, 2012, Elliott attended an interest group meeting at Food For Thought bookstore about starting a food co-op in Amherst, and he knew that he wanted to be involved.When he is not teaching or working to promote the idea of Amherst Community Co-op, Elliott spends his time playing Magic: the Gathering, watching films, and learning about evolutionary biology.

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Felicia Sevene

Felicia has lived in the Pioneer Valley for nearly forty years and throughout that time food has played an important role in her life and work. After studying Culinary Arts in high school, she spent the next several years cooking in several area restaurants. She was first introduced to the cooperative grocery model in 1994, when she began working at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. In 1995, she moved to Amherst to take advantage of its educational opportunities and, after graduating from UMass’ University Without Walls program, worked as a full-time volunteer at the Amherst Survival Center, cooking and distributing donated food for the next two years. Ensuring that healthy food is accessible, both economically and physically, to all members of the community has long been a priority for Felicia, and her focus on social justice extends to her new career as a licensed social worker. Felicia enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, reading, listening to music, taking in the beauty of the Pioneer Valley, and spending time with family, friends, and her sweet goldendoodle, Poppy. 

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Patrick Burke

Patrick Burke is an organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1459 out of Springfield, MA.   He has been involved in labor and economic justice organizing in Western Massachusetts for the past 7 years, including Jobs with Justice, the Student Labor Action Project, and the Pioneer Valley Workers Center.  He lives in Northampton and is excited about building a democratic enterprise to serve the greater Amherst area.

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commented 2017-03-19 13:31:27 -0400
The Amherst Food Co-op is doing it the right way! Let’s support making it happen!
Amherst Food Co-op
A start-up worker- and consumer-owned food co-op in Amherst, MA